Gratification

Gratification

Gratification is the positive emotional response (happiness) to a fulfillment of desire.

Maturity is often defined as the ability to delay gratification (patience), and progress as the real or imagined perception of movement towards gratification.

Western culture is sometimes criticized for its emphasis on "instant gratification"Fact|date=March 2007, i.e., the conscious expenditure of effort to make the time interval between wanting something and getting it as short as possible. This focus may be due in part to the influence of utilitarianism, the consequentialist belief that morality can be measured by the overall yield of happiness (utility) that results from a particular actionFact|date=March 2007. One example of a significant influence of this theory is the importance of cost-benefit analysis in Western economic theoryFact|date=March 2007.

Currently, a free self-report Delaying Gratification Inventory is available online as a part of a research project conducted by Central Michigan University http://www.happypsych.com. The survey describes trait differences in the tendency to delay or immediately seek gratification along six categories as well as a global domain. The survey provides custom personality feedback on this trait.

ee also

*deferred gratification
*pleasure


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  • gratification — [ gratifikasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1362; lat. gratificatio « libéralité » 1 ♦ Somme d argent donnée à qqn en sus de ce qui lui est dû. ⇒ cadeau, 1. don, libéralité, pourboire, récompense. Gratification de fin d année. ⇒ étrennes. Gratification cachée,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • gratification — Gratification. s. f. v. Don, liberalité qu on fait à quelqu un. Il a bien receu des gratifications. ce qu on luy donne n est pas une pension reglée, ce n est qu une gratification, une simple gratification. il ne faut point regarder cela comme le… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Gratification — Grat i*fi*ca tion, n. [L. gratificatio: cf. F. gratification.] 1. The act of gratifying, or pleasing, either the mind, the taste, or the appetite; as, the gratification of the palate, of the appetites, of the senses, of the desires, of the heart …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gratification — (n.) 1590s, from M.Fr. gratification or directly from L. gratificationem (nom. gratificatio) obligingness, complaisance, noun of action from pp. stem of gratificari (see GRATIFY (Cf. gratify)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Gratification — Gratification, lat. deutsch, Vergünstigung, Schenkung; gratificiren, schenken, belohnen …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • gratification — I noun beatitude, benefit, bliss, cheer, comfort, delectation, delight, elation, enchantment, enjoyment, exhilaration, felicity, fruition, gladness, glee, happiness, indulgence, joy, jubilation, merriment, pleasure, rapture, relish, satisfaction …   Law dictionary

  • gratification — [n] satisfaction delight, enjoyment, fruition, fulfillment, glee, hit, indulgence, joy, kicks*, luxury, pleasure, recompense, regalement, relish, reward, sure shock*, thrill; concept 410 Ant. disappointment, dissatis faction, upset …   New thesaurus

  • gratification — [grat΄i fi kā′shən] n. 1. a gratifying or being gratified 2. something that gratifies; cause for satisfaction 3. Archaic reward or recompense for services or benefits …   English World dictionary

  • gratification — (gra ti fi ka sion ; en vers, de six syllabes) s. f. Libéralité qu on fait à quelqu un. •   Nos états donnèrent des gratifications pour cent mille écus, SÉV. 83. •   Des gratifications particulières d environ quatre mille louis à Racine, VOLT.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • gratification — n. 1) to express gratification 2) deep, profound; instant gratification 3) smb. s gratification at * * * [ˌgrætɪfɪ keɪʃ(ə)n] instant gratification profound deep smb. s gratification at to express gratification …   Combinatory dictionary

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